ALBUM REVIEW: Nicks' hip return

Stevie Nicks Street Angel 1994
(Stevie Nicks’ fifth solo album, Street Angel)

STREET ANGEL
Stevie Nicks
Modern/Atlantic Records

Stevie Nicks has been in rock so long, she’s due for a kitschy comeback of backhanded hipness. With all the ethereal females fronting rock bands these days, the woman behind the twirling veils with Fleetwood Mac must be something of a spiritual godmother. Sandra Bernhard did a famous routine involving a Stevie fantasy. Even currently hot chanteuse Tori Amos closes her shows with a cover by Nicks instead of Nirvana. Hey, even platform shoes are back.

All of this may make Street Angel, Nicks’ first solo album in six years, more welcome than her work has been in some time.

Who’s to deny, for example, the opening “Blue Denim” — rocking, simple with her pinched voice lending authority? And what a band she amasses here — Heartbreakers Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench, L.A. session leaders Bernie Leadon and Waddy Wachtel, Kenny Aronoff on drums, David Crosby singing harmonies and Roy Bittan playing piano. Even Bob Dylan is persuaded to lend almost inaudible guitar and harmonica on Nicks’ loopy treatment of “Just Like a Woman” (which changes from first to third person at will).

Some of these things, of course, are messes — a wrongheaded disco beat to “Greta,” a revival of a song she wrote in 1965 (that’s not so far removed from a lot of these lyrics). [Editor’s note: The writer is confusing “Greta” with another song on the album, “Rose Garden,” which Nicks wrote in 1965].

Yet throughout, you’re pulling for her, making her local live show (Friday at Great Woods in Mansfield, Mass.) sound interesting at least.

Roger Catlin / Hartford Courant / July 21, 1994

Add comment

Reply

New Release

Stevie Nicks, Stand Back 1981-2017, compilation

Instagram

Instagram has returned invalid data.

Follow

RSS Fleetwood Mac

  • Another Rumours deluxe set coming this fall Friday, August 23, 2019
    Rhino/Warner Bros. Records will be reissuing another deluxe edition of Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 album Rumours to coincide with the band’s remaining 2019 North American tour dates. The latest 4CD package, out October 25, compiles tracks from the previously released 2004 and 2013 reissues of the album. The package is a slimmed-down version of the 6-disc […]
  • Fleetwood Mac: Still going their own way Thursday, August 22, 2019
    Since it began as a British rock band in 1967, Fleetwood Mac has undergone 19 iterations while steadily adding Americans and, most recently, a New Zealander to its line-up. Its only remaining founding member is drummer Mick Fleetwood, who recently described each version of the group as “incredibly different musical episodes in this Shakespearean play […]
  • Seeing Fleetwood Mac in 2019 is a strange experience — but they’ve always been a strange band Wednesday, August 21, 2019
    If their songs weren’t so strong, endurance may be Fleetwood Mac’s greatest legacy Thirty minutes into Fleetwood Mac’s set at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre this week, Stevie Nicks admitted that she didn’t realise “Black Magic Woman” was a Fleetwood Mac song until well after she’d joined the band. It’s an astounding admission. Sure, the song […]

Translate This Site

News Archive

Instagram

Instagram has returned invalid data.

RSS Fleetwood Mac

  • Another Rumours deluxe set coming this fall Friday, August 23, 2019
    Rhino/Warner Bros. Records will be reissuing another deluxe edition of Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 album Rumours to coincide with the band’s remaining 2019 North American tour dates. The latest 4CD package, out October 25, compiles tracks from the previously released 2004 and 2013 reissues of the album. The package is a slimmed-down version of the 6-disc […]
  • Fleetwood Mac: Still going their own way Thursday, August 22, 2019
    Since it began as a British rock band in 1967, Fleetwood Mac has undergone 19 iterations while steadily adding Americans and, most recently, a New Zealander to its line-up. Its only remaining founding member is drummer Mick Fleetwood, who recently described each version of the group as “incredibly different musical episodes in this Shakespearean play […]
  • Seeing Fleetwood Mac in 2019 is a strange experience — but they’ve always been a strange band Wednesday, August 21, 2019
    If their songs weren’t so strong, endurance may be Fleetwood Mac’s greatest legacy Thirty minutes into Fleetwood Mac’s set at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre this week, Stevie Nicks admitted that she didn’t realise “Black Magic Woman” was a Fleetwood Mac song until well after she’d joined the band. It’s an astounding admission. Sure, the song […]
  • Sydney show was testament to Fleetwood Mac’s timelessness Friday, August 16, 2019
    Last night, Fleetwood Mac descended on Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena. The band treated fans to a career-spanning setlist that proved that though 50 years into their career, the band are not one to rest on their laurels. The show was Sydney’s first taste of Fleetwood Mac in their new form. Last year, longtime singer, guitarist […]
  • RECAP 8/15/2019: Sydney Thursday, August 15, 2019
    On Thursday, Fleetwood Mac performed the first of two shows at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. Videos skidstar72 Black Magic Woman  Andy Leo I Got You Andy Leo Man of the World Andy Leo Oh Well Andy Leo Don’t Dream It’s Over Andy Leo Landslide Duncan H Band Intros Andy Leo Gold Dust Woman Andy […]
%d bloggers like this: